• Heidi J. Smith

Created to Crave

Yawning, I flipped the light on and grabbed my flowered mug. While the water boiled for my green tea, loud meowing and scratching came from the garage.

This past summer my family and I adopted two farm kittens, which love to purr and torment our backyard squirrels. Paco is the larger yellow tabby, and Bandit is the gray and black striped mischievous one.

I cracked the garage door open and paws immediately flew through the opening. They pounced on me and climbed my pant leg as I filled their food bowls! The meowing subsided as they gobbled up their fish breakfast.

Every morning the scenario repeats.

Our cats go nuts for food, and they are already getting fat! What do we hunger for?

When our toes touch the floor in the morning, what do we think about? What makes us tick, excites us, and brings smiles to our faces?

  • Do we long for the perfect spouse? We keep looking and hope to find him/her, or do we try to change the one we have?

  • Do we cry for children? We wonder why everyone else is blessed with a baby while we remain childless. The thought consumes us.

  • Or we have broken relationships and we ponder how to fix them?

  • Do we chase after the higher position and crave more recognition? We do whatever it takes to achieve our goals.

  • Do we dream about a bigger house, newer car, or next vacation? We work long hours and sacrifice our family time.

  • Do we desire beauty and popularity? We spend money on clothes, gym memberships, and creams.

As we rush through our lives, are we hungry for the Lord, or does He get our leftovers?

"They soon forgot His works; They did not wait for His counsel, But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, And tested God in the desert. And He gave them their request, But sent leanness into their soul." Psalm 106:13-15 NKJV

Are we skimping on our time with the Lord because we are too busy? We know we should spend time with Him, but other things take precedence. Tomorrow we will make it a priority...

Our lives show what we love by where we spend our time, energy, and money.

We are hungry for God when we:

1. Enjoy His presence more than anything else and immerse ourselves in His Word

2. Eliminate distractions and prioritize our time with God

3. Engage in God's agenda not our own

"You, God, are my God, EARNESTLY I seek you; I thirst for you, my WHOLE being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water." Psalm 63:1 NIV

As our cats go nuts for daily food, may we crave daily time with the Lord. May we not be satisfied with anything else but Him.

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